Seven of the artists competing in Belarus’ Eurovision 2018 selection have called for the disqualification of ALEKSEEV.
Seven of the singers taking part in the Belarusian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, have called on BTRC to disqualify ALEKSEEV from the selection process. The singers complaints center around ALEKSEEV’s violation of the September 1st rule, which requires that competing songs cannot have been released commercially before September 1st of the previous year. ALEKSEEV who is performing “Forever”, released the Russian language of his song before September 1st and is thus deemed by many to have broken the rules.
Due to the singer having so far not been removed from the selection, a number of participants feel that they are “accessories” to the show and that the result has already been determined. The participating singers are frustrated that they have spent thousands of Euros on recording their songs, outfits and promotion.
According to KP, BTRC has confirmed that if the singer was to win Belarus’ selection he would be forced to change his song for Eurovision 2018. But for a number of competing artists this is too little, too late, as all singers had to sign an agreement with BTRC that their song met the rules of the competition, which ALEKSEEV is deemed to have broken.
ALEKSEEV’s manager has responded to the letter stating;
We understand that neither the Belteleradiocompany nor the EBU will admit any violation of the regulations and will make a legally sound decision.
The running order draw for the Belarusian selection takes place tomorrow in Minsk. Questions are being raised as to whether all of the artists will attend the draw, or if they will withdraw from the contest in protest against ALEKSEEV.